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Surprises keep Montreal's NCW ticking
By YVES LEROUX - SLAM! Wrestling


Kobra Kai prepares to throw Alex Price. - photo by Stéphane Latendresse

MONTREAL -- When you are the oldest active wrestling federation in Québec, success is only a result of continuing hard work -- and sustained surprises.

Saturday's show, called Night of the Blizzard, had the making of a good monthly show for the Northern Championship Wrestling but when you include wrestlers and matches from rivals such as the Championship Wrestling Association and the ever present International Wrestling Syndicate, then the message is loud and clear: The Federation war in Québec might just be a thing of the past.

Rabid war of words and booking shows on the same dates are the usual ways for most of the federations in Québec, and until two years ago, a match involving wrestlers from a rival federation was taboo. But the general feeling of possible cooperation has been filtered out into the fans as news of inter-fed matches have been seen more and more often. But on Saturday's NCW card, it was never more obvious.

Before the first match even started, Brian "The Guppie" Stolovitch was seen on a video clip just before the first match, which was a special IWS sponsored event with Beef Wellington, Kenny the Bastard and Viking against Kid Kamikaze, Damian and Kevin Steen, who was obviously still feeling the ill effects from his appearance at the Elite Wrestling Revolution last weekend in Quebec city, as he was favouring his knee throughout the match. Whenever you have Beef Wellington in a match, you can be assured of loads of comedy but this was an extremely well structured affair with non-stop action from start to end. Kenny the Bastard really showed the wowed crowd the insane kicks he was able to take, and how much a body can be bent backwards. There were spots for every taste with as much high flying as there were hard knocks and kicks. The team of Wellington, Bastard and Viking took the win before delighted fans.

The second match was a tag team championship affair featuring champions Fresh Factors defending and keeping their title with a win over Adrenaline rush after Shane Matthews interfered and Diablero took advantage of the confusion to pin Jimmy Stone.

Then, the infamous Guy Williams, NCW official extraordinaire, came to the ring for the start of the planned Dan Paysan versus Bishop only to get an earful from Paysan for firing so many NCW wrestlers in the last few weeks. So Williams promptly fired Dan Paysan and the match never even took place in front of a stunned crowd.

Next, it was the team of veteran Franky the Mobster with partner Chris Stevens up against Pierre and Ash and valet Shantelle, who made a special appearance directly from the Squared Circle Wrestling School in Toronto. Franky took the microphone and did a masterful job entertaining the crowd by going around and asking fans why he wasn't in the final. After a non-stop, action-filled match with as much high flying as power moves, Franky and Stevens took the pin, which is all Franky needed to take the microphone again to continue ranting only to see Pierre give him a pump handle slam to shut him for good. On the way to the dressing room, Franky attacked a janitor with a chair, and when that didn't seem to suffice, he attacked him again for good measure.

The Squared Circle Wrestling School was again well represented in the next match when cruiserweight champion Alex Price was up against famed Kobra Kai and his "sushi" chant. This was one of the more exiting matches of the evening. It was a long match, with non-stop action, loads of high flying, outside the ring work, and even high flying right into the crowd. Alex Price retained his belt with a win, and even helped a stunned Kobra Kai to get backstage.

The weird match of the night had former 2.0 member Shane Matthews going against Julie the red Fuxxx. In an uneven match, confusion was the rule, Matthews was disqualified as he was caught using a chair to abuse Julie. But even the disqualification didn't stop Matthews as he continued to attack Julie with the chair until the team of Adrenaline Rush and Matthews' former 2.0 partner came out to help Julie against a demonic Matthews. That's when Jagged stunned the crowd by attacking Adrenaline Rush and Julie to show the crowd that 2.0 was still a team and effectively do their heel turn.

That was followed with Jason Reaper and Mad Dog (Too Phat) with Raid against Mark Andrews, Nick Blade and Gorgeous Mike, who was accompanied by valet Minoushka. In a short match, the only semi sane member of Too Phat, Raid, got the pin on Gorgeous Mike after valet Minoushka tripped her man by accident.

The inter city title was on the line in the next match as champion Binovich Fouranov was defending his belt against big Nova Cain. Nova Cain really controlled the match from beginning to the end, with valet Anna Minoushka trying her best to cause interference for her man Fouranov but to no avail. Nova Cain became the new Inter city Champion with a nova driver through a table for the win. That's when one of the funniest spots in wrestling happened when Raz of the famous Twin Terrors, who was in the attendance as a fan, was so excited as Fouranov went through the table, that his chair collapsed exactly at the same time to get a huge response from the crowd.

Next, the Mansour team, professor Abid and brother Sidi, were up against James Kraven and Stalker with valet Vanessa Kraven doing her best to cause rabid replies from the enraged crowd. The Mansour bros were at their best as usual, but on this night, even though they were severly outweighed, they still took the pin. After the match, the Kravens left the ring and left Stalker to fend for himself.

Then came the final of the evening with NCW heavyweight champion Chakal going up against the CWA champion Dru Onyx, who's also the NWA British Commonwealth title holder. Only Chakal's title was on the line, and Dru rapidly showed the crowd why he is a double title holder. Onyx had an entire section of the venue filled with CWA staff and wrestlers to cheer him on, but Chakal wasn't going to be intimidated by their presence. This was a gruelling match as both big men showed the crowd why they are at the top of their game in Quebec. But at one point, with Chakal being overpowered by Onyx, Bishop jumped the ring to come to Chakal's aid, and that's when the entire CWA section, voicing their displeasure to the referee and the NCW staff, were barely restrained by security from their seats only to see Manuel Vegas running in to even things out. The referee then decided to make this a tag team match, without any titles on the line. After another 15 minutes of great action, the team of Dru Onyx and Manuel Vegas came out on top. But that wasn't enough for Dru who then challenged Chakal to a match, anywhere anytime. With Chakal looking for a way out of this tense situation, he just answered that he would accept but only under his terms and only after his lawyers send the CWA a list of conditions.

A crowd of approximately 250 were well entertained, but seem to fully appreciate the inter-fed cooperation, which is quite refreshing. Now whether this situation will continue or not remains to be seen, but the different federations as well as the fans stand to gain from such a respectful cohabitation. This kind of co habitation was started by the Canadian Professional Wrestling last summer when they hosted Wrestlefest where a total of eight Quebec based federation sent their top two wrestlers to have a title match and was a huge success. Hopefully, it's a sign of things to come. You can read more on the NCW at their website: http://ncw.qc.ca/index2.html

Yves Leroux is still kinda stunned that he was allowed out of the house two nights in a row - for wrestling, yet!